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Small town traditions are celebrated throughout Maine during the holiday season. But when it comes to Halloween, some people are more than willing to reap a harvest of murder . . .
HALLOWEEN PARTY MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Tinker’s Cove newest residents Ty and Heather Moon turn their Victorian home into a haunted house to raise funds for charity. But the Halloween fun turns to horrific fright when Heather overdoses on tainted drugs—and Ty finds himself accused of murder. Digging deep into the story, journalist Lucy Stone uncovers some sinister secrets in the Moons’ past linked to a conspiracy in her hometown . . .
DEATH OF A HALLOWEEN PARTY MONSTER by LEE HOLLIS
Everyone attending Island Times Food and Cocktail columnist Hayley Powell’s Halloween bash is dressed as their favorite movie monster from the Bride of Frankenstein and Jaws to Chucky and Pennywise the clown. But when partygoers stumble upon Boris Candy’s bludgeoned costumed corpse, it falls to Hayley to discover who among her guests wanted to stop the man from clowning around permanently . . .
SCARED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Three teenage girls having a sleepover on Halloween night get spooked when high schoolers crash the house for a party. But no one expected to find a crasher like Mrs. Zelisko, the elderly third floor tenant, dead in the backyard—dressed in a sheet like a ghost. With her niece traumatized, Julia Snowden must uncover who among the uninvited guests was responsible for devising such a murderous trick . . .
Meier, Hollis, and Ross each contribute a novella set in Maine and focused on Halloween to their entertaining fourth holiday-themed anthology (after 2019's Haunted House Murder). In Meier's "Halloween Party Murder," fun at a haunted house turns into horror when Heather Moon, the house's owner, is found dead. Did Heather's husband kill her for the large inheritance she recently received? Journalist Lucy Stone investigates. New restaurateur Hayley Powell throws a costume bash in Hollis's "Death of a Halloween Party Monster," but didn't expect one guest, a high school teacher dressed as a clown, to have his head bashed in. She'll need to figure out who among the other guests really hated clowns. Finally, in Ross's "Scared Off," teenagers who crash a slumber party are frightened to see the ghost of Mrs. Zelisko, the upstairs neighbor who's supposed to be supervising the party for the host's irresponsible parents. Then Mrs. Zelisko turns up dead. All three charming novellas are enlivened by appealing characters. These puzzling cases are a seasonal treat for cozy readers. Agents: (for Meier) Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency; (for Ross) John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency.\n